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Workshop Climate Policy with Prof. Dr. Andreas Diekmann

April 28 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Effects of economic and “soft” incentives on greenhouse gas reduction, income inequality, and the consequences for the acceptance of a “green deal”

Location:
Kanunnikenzaal, Achter de Dom 7 (Faculty Club of the Academy Building), University of Utrecht

Date:
April 28th, 2022 (9.30h-17.30h)

Guest:
Andreas Diekmann – ETH Zurich and University of Leipzig

The EU plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels; climate neutrality is to be achieved by 2050. As part of the “green deal,” EU emissions trading (“cap and trade”), CO2 taxes and a bundle of measures by European states will help achieve the ambitious targets. CO2 pricing will be accompanied by an increase in consumer prices for those goods and services that are based on fossil fuels. These measures will only meet with broad acceptance if they are perceived as fair and compensation is provided for low-income groups. Which measures are effective and at the same time fair in terms of distribution is a matter of controversial debate. In addition to economic measures, there are also proposals from the social sciences for “soft incentives” (sometimes called “nudges”) such as information feedback, emphasis on social norms, environmentally friendly “default” rules, etc. In the workshop, we will discuss both the strengths and problems of economic measures and the impact and problems of soft incentives.

Program:

Part 1: Energy Behavior and Economic Measures

9:30-11:00: (Interactive) presentation by Prof. Dr. Diekmann on Energy Behavior and Economic Measures

11:15-12:15: Time for reflection, discussion, questions and contributions of others related to the presentation.

12:15-13:15: Lunch

 
Part 2: “Soft incentives”: information feedback, social norms, default effects 

13:15-14:45: (Interactive) presentation by Prof. Dr. Diekmann on “Soft incentives”: information feedback, social norms, default effects

15:00-16:00: Time for reflection, discussion, questions and contributions of others related to the presentation.

16:00-  :  Drinks

Registration is required. To register, please use this link.

Venue

Kanunnikenzaal, Achter de Dom 7 (Faculty Club of the Academy Building), University of Utrecht
Achter de Dom 7
Utrecht, Netherlands